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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Puerto Rico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Ex-Director Of Facilities For The Municipality Of Toa Baja Pleads Guilty To Bribery And Conspiracy To Defraud

SAN JUAN, P.R. – On August 30, 2018, Edgar Arroyo-Amezquita pleaded guilty before Magistrate Judge Silvia Carreño-Coll to bribery and conspiracy to obtain property by fraud from a program receiving federal funds, announced Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico.

As a part of the guilty plea, Arroyo admitted that he served as Director of Facilities for the Municipality of Toa Baja during the time of the conspiracy, which was from May 2011 through May 2013. In his position as Director of Facilities, Arroyo conspired to defraud the municipality and accepted multiple bribes, paid in cash and totaling $39,999, in exchange for causing contracts to be awarded and payments to be made by the Municipality of Toa Baja to enrich co-defendant Luis Serrano Perdigon.

As a part of the conspiracy, Arroyo personally submitted fraudulent quote documentation to the purchasing office of the Municipality of Toa Baja using a fictitious company named Professional Sales & Service.  In doing so, Arroyo utilized, without consent or legal authority, the name and signature of a real person on the fraudulent quote documentation submitted to the municipality. Arroyo then caused checks to be issued by the municipality to Professional Sales & Service, which were deposited into a bank account in the name of ALS Electronic Service, a company alleged to be controlled by co-defendant Luis Serrano Perdigon.

Sentencing has been scheduled before the Honorable Carmen C. Cerezo on December 5, 2018. Arroyo and the United States have agreed to recommend a sentence of imprisonment for a term of 30 months and restitution in the full amount of $39,999. Arroyo faces a maximum sentence of five years of imprisonment for the conspiracy to obtain property by fraud from a program receiving federal funds and a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment for bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Seth Erbe and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Public Corruption
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Updated August 30, 2018